WAMA News 03-01-2006

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WAMA News 03-01-2006

Postby askmike » Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:02 pm

Sponsored in part by
Oasis CD Manufacturing
oasiscd.com 2005 Wammies Links
The nominees and winners list can be viewed at http://wamadc.com/wama/wammies/wbal05.html

Wammies photos by Dan Rosenstein can be viewed at http://web.mac.com/danspix/iWeb/Site/Library.html

The Washington Post review can be viewed at
Wammies, Wammies Everywhere: Chappell Tops Long Winners List
By J. Freedom du Lac, Page C01, February 21, 2006
It's not true that everybody's a winner at the Wammies. It only seems that way, at least to those paying attention to the proceedings....

Check out the 12Bar blog
The Winners Are...
Link: http://12bar.blogspot.com/2006/02/winners-are_20.html

WAMA Part of this Year's
Lord & Taylor Tysons Benefit Bash

Support WAMA and receive discounts, discounts and more discounts, special events, and the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. This exclusive event is at Tysons on Tuesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Link to the informational letter
http://wamadc.com/wama/wammies/wama_Lor ... aylor.html

Link to the benefit bash event schedule

Workshops, Lessons, Grants, Internships, Employment

Voice Lessons for SAW and WAMA with the Levine School of Music, Maryland Campus at the Music Center at Strathmore

SAW and WAMA have a great opportunity to offer voice lessons to our members at the Levine School located at the Music Center at Strathmore. The Levine School is one of the nation's largest and most prestigious community music schools. It offers music education for students of every age, ability and background.

Don't miss this chance to sign up for an intermediate voice training course taught by Kathy Bavaar of the Levine School faculty. Kathy has performed with George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, Richard Bray Orchestras, and appeared at Carnegie Hall and the National Theater.

This is a 10 week course that will take you to a new level in your voice training and knowledge. The cost for the full 10 weeks is $252.50. You will learn techniques for improving your voice, sight singing, some theory, and tips on caring for your voice. Don't miss this chance to learn from a top professional in a fantastic environment!

Place: The Levine School of Music
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

Time: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Start Date: March 1st, 2006 (this date is flexible depending on student schedules)

To Sign up contact: lrevocohen@aol.com; (703) 405-7133

Kraft Gospel Talent Search 2006

You could win $25,000 plus an opportunity from a major
gospel record label. The winner will be announced at
the KRAFT Gospel Talent Search finals, which will be
held at MegaFest in Atlanta on July 21.
The entry deadline is March 16, 2006.

Go to the Kraft website to get all of the details:

Research Internship: The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Last Day to Apply: 03/15/06. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) seeks a dynamic and motivated intern for the research department. The intern contributes to a variety of projects and activities, which may include collecting data from primary and secondary sources; developing fact sheets for each agency; building catalogs of policy and planning examples; preparing written summaries of research for reference briefings, publications and the website; and providing general support to research staff. The ideal candidate has experience conducting primary and secondary research; knowledge and fluency of Microsoft Office (especially Excel); established writing skills; attention to detail; and a proven sense of organization and accuracy. Candidate should have an interest in at least one of the following: arts management, public policy, government or applied research. Interest in graphics is helpful. Qualifications: The ideal candidate has experience conducting primary and secondary research; knowledge and fluency of Microsoft Office (especially Excel); established writing skills; attention to detail; and a proven sense of organization and accuracy. Candidate should have an interest in at least one of the following: arts management, public policy, government or applied research. Interest in graphics is helpful. Paid?: Yes, tbd Stipend. 20 hours per week. Please submit a resume and brief writing sample, as well as a cover letter which notes dates and times of availability, motivation for application, and relevance to academic and career ambitions. Email your application to emily@nasaa-arts.org or fax your application to 202-737-0526. Web Site: http://www.nasaa-arts.org

Program and Office Coordinator: Cecil County Arts Council

Non-profit arts organization seeks Program & Office Coordinator to assist with day-to-day management of arts center in Elkton, Md. Position is 35 hours per week and offers paid vacation, personal days, sick time and holidays; health plan and TIAA-Cref retirement plan. Successful candidate will have excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, accounting experience, computer skills and ability to work well with public. Please forward resume and cover letter to Cecil County Arts Council, 135 E. Main St., Elkton, Md. 21921 or e-mail to cecilart@iximd.com. Starting salary low to mid twenties depending on experience. For more information on CCAC, please see the website at http://www.CecilCountyArtsCouncil.org. No phone calls please.

Chair of the Department of Performing Arts:
American University Department of Performing Arts

Tenured senior Position in Arts Management Beginning in Fall 2006. The Department of Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a tenured, senior-level position in arts management to chair the department beginning in Fall 2006. The department is seeking a visionary, creative leader to foster collaboration in a multi-disciplinary environment. In Fall 2005, the Department of Performing Arts moved into the Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, a 130,000 square foot home for the visual and performing arts. The facility includes an art gallery, a recital hall, a studio theatre, a dance studio, administrative and faculty offices for the departments of art and performing arts, and classrooms for all the arts disciplines. The 300-seat Greenberg Theater is in a nearby off-campus location. The person appointed will chair the Department of Performing Arts, which includes the fields of theatre, music theatre, music, dance, and arts management; teach two or three courses at the undergraduate or graduate level; advise students; provide mentoring for junior faculty and students, including women and minorities; and supervise staff. Area of specialization and sub-fields within the field of arts management are open, but familiarity and experience with the practice of arts administration in Washington, D.C., or other metropolitan, multi-ethnic context, is highly desirable. Successful experience in a university context is required. Applicants must have minimum of five years of experience in arts administration at a senior level and a terminal master's degree in arts management or in a related discipline with substantial arts management experience (PhD is preferred). Candidates should provide evidence of active engagement in their field, such as relevant peer-reviewed publications and/or creative contributions commensurate with that of tenured faculty as well as success in fund-raising and securing grant support. Send letter of application describing relevant experience and a statement of managerial and artistic philosophy and teaching interests along with a CV and three letters of recommendation to: DPA Chair Search Committee, Department of Performing Arts, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20016-8083. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2005, and continue until the position is filled. American University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Program: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers valuable skills building for arts managers through the Fellowship Program. The Program provides up to 10 highly motivated, disciplined, and creative artists and arts managers the instruction and experience they need to succeed in today's complex arts environment. Fellows enjoy close working relationships with experienced arts professionals, hands-on work opportunities, a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences, and the opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most artistically diverse performing arts centers in the United States. Fellows are expected to attend performances and educational events, as well as complete significant projects within the context of the Kennedy Center. Fellowships are full-time and last 10 months starting in September and ending in June. The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $20,000 (paid bi-weekly) to help defray housing and transportation costs. Course tuition, materials, and health insurance are provided at no cost to the Fellow. The U.S. Department of State will provide round-trip transportation from country of origin to Washington, D.C., for international Fellows only. U.S. citizens living abroad or U.S. citizens with dual citizenship are not eligible for U.S. Department of State support. For an application and further information visit our website www.kennedy-center.org/education/fellowships Salary: $20,000. Patricia Mogin 202-416-8844; pmogin@kennedy-center.org

23rd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Kicks Off:
Introducing Big Changes: Deadline and Contest Directors

The Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW)
announces its 23rd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and will be changing the
deadline to June 10, 2006. Entry forms will be available starting April 15,
2006. Changing the deadline will give the judges enough time to provide useful
and thorough feedback for the songs. SAW will also encourage and offer
incentives for online entries in MP3 format through the SAW MASC webpage.

The MASC, one of the longest-running contests in the nation, attracts entries
from around the world and offers songwriters an opportunity to enter their
songs in a wide variety of categories. Categories traditionally include:
Contemporary Folk & Acoustic, R&B/Rap/Hiphop/Dance/Urban/Go-Go,
Rock/Alternative, Adult Contemporary/ Soft Rock, Country/Bluegrass,
Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Jazz/Blues, Pop, Children's, and Open
(novelty, seasonal, theater, art song, etc). Last year, SAW experimented with
two new offerings: The Young Artist Prize, a $200 cash prize awarded to the
top song by a songwriter age 21 or younger (as of June 10, 2006). They will
continue with all "young artist" entries also being considered for prizes
in their respective categories and for overall contest prizes. The second
offering was Judges' Comments, and has received a favorable reaction from
its members, so SAW will continue to offer feedback to entrants. The contest
is open to all songwriters who have not earned more than $5000 in royalties
income during the past year. Prizes are awarded to the first and second place
(gold and silver) winners in each category, with a panel of music industry
professionals choosing three top prize winners from the Gold winners. All
category winners are invited to perform their winning songs at the grand
Awards Gala held in the autumn, with the three top winners being announced
that night. At the conclusion of the contest, the top songs from each category
are compiled and released on a "Winner's CD," copies of which are given
to each winner and distributed to a variety of music industry decision-makers.

This year sees the appointment of experienced arts administrator Siobhan
Quinn as Contest Director, who is a nationally recognized singer/songwriter,
and top five finalist in the Boston Folk Festival. Siobhan tours nationally
with Michael Bowers, her husband and Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
www.roundhousemusic.com Joining Siobhan Quinn will be Ginger Starling as
Assistant Director. Ginger has several very exciting music projects going on:
The Usual Suspects, the alt-rock band Odd Girl Out, and the fabulous, sassy,
kick-ass Wicked Jezabel. Ginger Starling began writing and performing music
nearly 30 years ago. Ginger also runs North Star Piano and works as a piano
technician for Harl Pianos. (www.jaggedstar.net)

For more information about MASC contest rules and regulations or to enter,
check out www.saw.org or call 301-654-8434. Contest Deadline is: June 10,

Local Notes

* The song "No more denying" by New Orleans based singer Sherreece just went number one on the soundclick christian rock charts in lessthan 24hrs after release. This is the 3rd number one hit for Sherreece (www.sherreece.com) and marks critcally acclaimed/award winner Ney Mello's first time presence as guest guitar soloist in a chart topping hit. Ney is a Washington DC area based recording and performing artist.
* Life.Love.Soul. Album Now Available Online
Up-and-coming producer and recording artist, Minh, just completed a 13-song debut album called "Life.Love.Soul." The content of the album includes love songs such as "For You", "Heartbeat", "Baby Baby Baby", "Don't Wanna Leave", and much more. Check Minh out on MySpace.com
Minh has a page on MySpace.com. Come through to show some love. The link is www.myspace.com/minhmusic.

Production Has Begun on a Contemporary Gospel Album
Minh has just begun production on a contemporary Gospel album. The plan is to finish and make the album available around Easter or Christmas 2006.

* The Ruby Hayes Band was selected out of 100's of bands around the country to travel along the Caribbean Circuit to Puerto Rico, Bahamas and Honduras to entertain and uplift the spirits of the Troops! This is also the Armed Forces Black History Month celebration. This is a 14-day tour beginning February 23 through March 8, 2006.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

Neil Young: Heart of Gold had a fantastic opening weekend at AFI Silver. Recognizing the music community is supporting this film, AFI Silver would like to extend the AFI Membership price of $7.50 to all WAMA members. The price is good for Neil Young: Heart of Gold screenings only.

The exceptional technical facilities of the AFI Silver include George Lucas THX Sound Certification in all three of its theatres as well as stadium seating (except in the roomy Historic 400 seat theatre), so you will not be disappointed. There is also a Café where you can purchase wine, beer and food!

WAMA members can buy their tickets on line or at the box-office but either way MUST present their WAMA membership card to the box-office to receive the $7.50 price. This price is only good for WAMA members, sorry we cannot extend this offer to your guests. Full price tickets are $9.25.

For film times, driving directions (Metro: Red line, Silver Spring) and to purchase tickets visit: www.AFI.com/Silver

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Neil Young has made musical and visual innovation a constant during one of rock & roll's most exciting and unpredictable careers. Inspired by the
extraordinary and deeply personal music in his new album, Prairie Wind, the Canadian legend took the stage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for
the production of the film over two nights in August 2005. Surrounding himself with the finest American musicians, including special guest vocalist Emmylou
Harris, for two performances, Young blends his most beloved songs with new music from Prairie Wind for an incredibly moving performance.

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